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Francis to end 'climate of fear' as NHS whistleblowing review begins

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What about the thousands of agency workers providing NHS services? I am not talking about agency workers who do the odd shift in a Hospital setting - there are whole community-based care packages funded by NHS Trusts and managed exclusively by agencies / private companies (usually with staff on NHS-level pay). There is an anomaly here: the NHS Trust stipulates the care to be provided, the Agency (a private company) deliver the care. A nurse working for that Agency blows the whistle to both the Chief Exec. of the Health Board / Trust (decision maker for care provision) and the Agency (employer). The Health Board / Trust ignores the concerns, the Agency persecute the staff member. The Agency worker finds that they are unable to secure work with the Health Board / Trust. As things stand, the Health Board / Trust cannot be held to account for failing to listen, or later persecuting, an Agency employee who blows the whistle. Given that NHS care delivery is increasingly being outsourced to private companies, surely this is wrong? In order to improve care and protect genuine whistleblowers from harm, you need to look at protecting all staff providing NHS services, regardless of who pays their wage and who they are contracted to.

Posted date

8 August, 2014

Posted time

1:35 pm

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